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Fresh Sheet – October 12, 2019

by | Oct 12, 2019

Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)

Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)

In this week’s shipment of butterfly pupae from Malaysia we are featuring Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper), a hardy, swift-flying species. When at rest, the Clipper is most often viewed with its wings laying flat. This posture makes the butterfly appear to be a moth which sometimes confuses guests. But occasionally, this butterfly can be spotted with its wings closed up, exposing its beautiful ventral wing patterns.

Bring your camera the next time you visit our Tropical Butterfly House. See if you can photograph the elusive close-winged Clipper.

Penang Butterfly Farm

17 – Catopsilia scylla (Orange Emigrant)
20 – Cethosia biblis (Red Lacewing)
80 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
13 – Danaus vulgaris (Blue Glassy Tiger)
70 – Hypolimnas bolina (Blue Moon)
30 – Papilio memnon (Great Memnon)
80 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
63 – Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)
77 – Vindula dejone (The Cruiser)

Total = 450



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Love the Tropical Butterfly House? Spread that love by adopting one of our beautiful winged creatures! Starting at just $50, your adoption will help care for the butterflies in the Tropical Butterfly House, and support of the hands-on science programming offered at Pacific Science Center. And, you’ll receive some exclusive benefits for your generosity.

“Fresh Sheet” is our weekly shipment report of pupae on display in the emerging window. Visit Pacific Science Center’s Tropical Butterfly House and meet our newest residents.These butterflies typically arrive as pupae on the Thursday or Friday before the Fresh Sheet is published. Some of these butterflies will start emerging the day they arrive or the next day, but other species may take a full week before they reach adulthood. After emerging, they may live for a week or even a few months! While we love sharing a variety of species with our guests, we cannot guarantee that any specific species will be flying on the day that you visit Pacific Science Center.If you are interested in photographing a specific butterfly and would like to be updated about when it is flying in the Tropical Butterfly House, please email with details and your contact information.